Position & Department:
Chairman/Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences
Treatment of industrial effluents containing organic and inorganic pollutant using agricultural wastes & novel biocomposites.
Remediation industrial effluents using advanced oxidation processes
Remediation industrial dyes using plant peroxidases: Process development
Kinetic and thermodynamic studies of industrially important enzymes
Engineering of enzymes by chemical modification/immobilization
Position & Department:
Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences
# Development and standardization of physical, chemical, and biological techniques for the identification of gamma irradiated foods as well as the evaluation of quality characteristics of irradiated foods.
# Degradation of toxic chemicals by radiation treatment present in the environment and to make them environmental friendly.
# Synthesis and characterization of the polyurethane elastomers.
# Study the effect of radiation treatment on extraction and dying of fabrics using natural and synthetic dyes.
# synthesis and applications of nano-photo-active-materials for catalytic and solar cell applications.
Position & Department:
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences
Application of new chemical approaches to improve synthesis of textile chemicals. Provision of consultancy to local textile /chemical industries for the improvement of already existing processes and creating new improved methodologies.
The effluent management of local industries involving treatment on chemical and microbiological basis.
Characterization and quality assessment of vegetable oils/fats and related products (physico-chemical studies, fatty acids and tocopherols profiles, oxidative stability, minor and major components, adulterants, proxidant metals, shelf life studies, blending etc.,)
Evaluation of antioxidant and antifungal potential of indigenous plants and agricultural wastes (extraction, purification/ isolation, antioxidant activity, characterization and structural elucidation, applications), alteration in the antioxidant activity under various conditions, effectiveness of various plant antioxidants/antifungal agents for the control of fungal metabolites like aflatoxins in various substrates
Exploration of medicinal potential of natural products & Quality assessment of food and herbal products with respect to toxic components
• Development of cellulose nano crystals, modified and bare Fe-nanoparticles, Biochar and green composites using agrowastes and inorganic materials for the remediation of inorganic/organic/pharmceutical pollutants
• Physiochemical and Biochemical Characterization of Indigenous Medicinal Plants for the evolution of chemical imaging and chemometric techniques to explore fundamental nanoparticles interactions with biological systems
• Water Quality parameters estimation
• Development of agrowastes based Biosorbent/Bioresins Technology for removal of heavy metals from contaminated water
Health risks of heavy metals in contaminated soils and food crops irrigated with wastewater and fresh water aquifers
One-pot-cyclizations, domino reactions, homogeneous catalysis directed towards organic synthesis, heterocycles, medicinal chemistry (new antibiotics and anti-cancer agents), natural products, new materials, biosorption.
1) Development of new methodology for the synthesis of pharmacological relevance molecules based on unusual intermediates. (2) Formulation of new drug delivery system (3) Isolation and structure elucidation of natural products..
Synthesis and application modern photocatalysts with high efficiency for wastewater treatment using UV-254 nm, UV-365 nm and solar light.
Synthesis and applications of graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, their binary and ternary composites.
Applications of advanced oxidation Processes (AOPs) for the remediation of industrial effluents.
Synthesis and applications of modern solvents (Ionic Liquids, Eutectics) in extraction desulphurization and cellulose processing using modern techniques.
Solvent-solute interaction in ground and electronically excited state.
I am working on utilization of biomolecules for future innovations and developments in the field of biomaterials including essential oils and biofuels. My research interests mainly concerns the chemical investigation of plant essential oils, extracts, in order to analysis of phytomedicines and standardization of active compounds, and also for the determination of organic contaminants (mainly pesticides). Another goal is the study of ‘functional foods’ and the investigation of their bioactive compounds (antioxidants). The species investigated into these research lines are mainly medicinal and food plants, in order to obtain chemical data that may be helpful to the development of analytical methods. Optimized experimental approaches have been developed to the evaluation of different interaction aspects between bioactive natural small molecules and target actions involved in curing various diseases. Moreover, research on all generation biofuels in also undergoing under my supervision using some novel methodologies.
Position & Department:
Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences
Synthesis of variety of multi responsive microgels having different morphology, crosslinking and composition. Modulation of phase transition temperature/pH of microgels. Application of multi-responsive microgels for targeted drug delivery, synthesis of nanoparticles, and catalysis of compounds.
Exploring the mechanism and kinetics of various reactions catalyzed by nanoparticles by studying the effect of various factors on the rate constant of catalysis.
Metal/metal oxide nanoparticles preparation, characterization and exploring their applications
Development of multifunctional nanoprobes for bio-applications
Template synthesis of porous polymeric nanoparticles for catalysis, gas storage and drug encapsulation
Synthesis of Organometallic compounds, Coordination compounds, Organic salts and their biomedical applications against various types of cancer and microbes as well.
My research interests also expand in the field of Environmental chemistry where I used to conduct projects related to air, water and soil pollution.
Physical, Environmental and Nanochemistry
Area of my research interest is pharmaceutical and natural product chemistry. Recently my research group is actively involved in the formulation of nanosuspensions and micro- emulsions of herbal extracts as efficient drug delivery systems for improve antioxidant, cardioprotective and hypertension potential. Chemical and biochemical characterization of formulated nanosuspension have also been performed. I have developed animal models for evaluation of biofunctionalities of important medicinal plants and to see the cytotoxic and side effects of plants if any. I have also explored the synergetic therapeutic potential of many plants. My post graduate students have explored the ACE inhibition potential of many medicinal plants. I extracted various secondary metabolites and characterized their structures through LC-Ms and check the actual bioactive component responsible for ACE inhibition potential.
·Design of proficient material for organic photovoltaics by doing DFT calculation to foresee its energy levels, absorption, emission properties as well as its charge transfer ability.
·Study of interfacing the light-harvesting systems with the electron/hole conducting materials and the catalysts.
. Study of reaction mechanism by DFT calculations
Synthesis of electrochemical and photochemical catalysts for hydrogen production through water splitting
Dr Haq Nawaz is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. He earned his PhD degree from FOCAS Research Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland in the supervision of Prof Dr Hugh J Byrne, while working on Raman micro spectroscopy for studying the interaction of anticancer agents with the target cancer cell lines by using different techniques including Raman spectroscopy, Flow cytometry (expression analysis of the apoptotic and anti-apoptotic proteins) and cell viability/cytotoxicity assays". Recently, he is trying to explore the applications of the Raman micro spectroscopy in disease diagnosis and drug-target interaction. The on-going research work includes the use of Raman spectroscopy and Multivariate data analysis techniques for the diagnosis of Hepatitis C and breast cancer. In this regard, an International Research grant of the worth 10,000 US has recently been awarded to him by ISESCO as well as a 0.5 M PKR as HEC start-up research grants.
Hydrometallurgical processing of urban mines/ores using leaching, solvent extraction, adsorption, precipitation methods.
Bacterial treatment of urban mines/ores/effluents.
Biosorption removal and recovery of metals from various solutions/effluents.
Process optimization, up-scaling and product development etc.
Synthesis and applications of superlight materials, metal oxide Nanomaterials, Graphene metal hybrid/composites materials.
Synthesis and modulation of nonlinear optical materials.
Simulation of shape memory alloys and biodegradable materials
Quantum mechanics, material science
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